Do we all practice Christianity who claim to be Christians? How great would that be! However, there appears to be a basic misunderstanding, but which can be corrected, in order to practice the faith in a healthy manner.
To start with, Christianity is a totally New Testament experience. It is about Christ working through the Holy Spirit. So Christianity is not part Judaism and part about Christ. It is about Christ and the Holy Spirit. Yes, they have a common origin, and the same God, but with an active relationship with God which must now pass through Christ.
Every Christian teaching will use both the Old and the New Testament as the complete Word of God. Any faith whose teaching is based only on the Old Testament or on the Torah alone is not Christianity, nor can it teach Christianity because Christianity is based completely on the working of the Holy Spirit. And any expression of the Christian faith will acknowledge, teach, practice, and show examples of what the following Scripture passages teach.
- John 3:3
- Acts 1:8
- Acts 2:1-8
- Acts 19:1-7
- 2 Corinthians 5:17
Many have attempted to be teachers of the Christian faith while taking their references only from the Old Testament and from the Torah. Cogent as those traditional beliefs and cultural practices may be, they do not constitute Christianity, even though they may be instructive in understanding the Christian faith. Become born again! And enjoy the fullness of God’s Word.